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Holy Family Roman Catholic Primary School

Through Work, Through Worship, Through Witness


Great Gates Road, Kirkholt, Rochdale, OL11 2DN

(01706) 640480


Welcome to the Reception Class Page


Miss Miss H Akhtar – Class Teacher

Mrs J Bradley - Class TA

Mrs S Clarkson - Class TA


 Autumn Term 2022


During our first term together, the children will get to know the teachers and the other children. We will begin by settling the children into the environment and offering reassurance and lots of our care for those who need it. Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of the world through play. They have access to indoor and outdoor provision which relates to their interests. It will range from funky finger activities, music, sensory play, reading, crafts and construction. 

The staff will observe, interact, support and challenge your children in the areas of provision. The children will engage in 20 minute taught carpet sessions in Maths and Phonics daily. They will also have taught carpet sessions in Religion, Liturgy, Guided Reading and Letter formation. They will be encouraged to begin to make links in their learning and take what they have learnt in taught sessions into their play. 



Our initial focus for RE this term is 'Myself’. Through this scheme of work and our collective worship sessions the children will learn and understand of the importance of their name and family names. The children will participate in child focused liturgies incorporating stories about Jesus and God's word. They will understand that God knows and loves each one. Other topics this term will focus on the Church, celebrations and birthdays. As we move towards Christmas, we will look at the story of the Nativity. 

Some themes for the topics for this term are listed below;

  • How we welcome people into our own or God’s family.
  • Remembering, celebrating and responding to what it is to welcome and be welcomed.
  • Baptism: a welcome to God’s family.
  • Learn about Advent, when people look forward to the birthday of Jesus at Christmas.
  • Learn about the first Christmas and how people celebrate Jesus’ birthday each year.


 Some questions to ask your child at home;

What is your name?

What are the names of people in your family?

How can we celebrate a birthday?


Spend time together at home and gather round a focus.  Have a quiet moment together to reflect on and appreciate how we all are loved by God.

Think about our family.

Appreciate what makes us happy.

Consider how we celebrate birthdays.

Celebrate the birthday of Jesus.


Reading for Pleasure

Reading for pleasure is enjoyed by our children and staff on a daily basis in Reception class. The children are  developing a real love for reading.

We will continue to use and introduce high quality texts to develop our love of reading in Reception Class. The children have daily access to the books in our provision areas. We carefully plan our books according to the children’s interests and use them to fire children’s imagination and curiosity. If you have any favourites or have recently enjoyed a book at home, please do let us know - we love story recommendations!


Reading at home

 Please continue to read with your child at home each evening. This supports their phonetic knowledge as well as developing their love of books. Thank you for keeping the communication open by signing the reading diary, this helps us further support your child at school. The bookmarks are really useful and give some good ideas for questioning when reading with your child.

 Please do make use of the Blanks questions when reading at home - they will support your child's understanding of the story and develop their comprehension skills.


Outdoor Learning 

At Holy Family, we take learning outside of the classroom too. The children enjoy accessing areas of outdoor provision and we love to get wet and muddy as we play outside in all weather conditions. 

Please can you send your child to school with some wellies, at the start of term. We will keep them in school. 


 Phonics Support

At Holy Family, we use the Read Write Inc Phonics scheme to learn to read and write initial letter sounds. Children will begin by learning phonemes and graphemes, followed by learning to segment and blend words. They will be assessed regularly and placed into a group that suits their ability. 

Then they will learn to read 'green words' and 'red words' (common exception words), continuing to develop reading fluency and accuracy.

Parents, click here to watch a short video to help with blending the sounds together to read words (Fred talking).

Here you will find fun learning ideas for 5 year old children to support their reading development. There are rhyming games, phonic games, memory games, listening games and much more. 

The following site has many free phonics games;


Star Reader

We have seen some wonderful reading in Reception and choosing our Star Reader each Friday can be a very difficult decision.

We encourage the children to read using their phonics knowledge. You can encourage your child to read their reading book at home.

The child who we see doing some super reading in Phonics lessons or in the classroom, will get the award and a special prize.



Our Maths curriculum embeds mathematical thinking and talk. The open ended provision in class will help the children to practise what they have learned during whole class sessions as well as becoming independent in creating their own challenges through many play opportunities during the school day.

To support and direct our teaching and learning, we follow the NCETM Mastering Number programme.

The children will start by learning to subitise. This means children can say how many there are in a small group of objects by ‘just seeing’ and knowing straightaway without needing to count.

 This term children will be;

  • representing the number in a given set using different objects – e.g. showing the same number on their fingers
  • naming quantities with number words, (e.g. “I can see 3.”)
  • matching sets to numerals
  • making their own arrangements that can be subitised.

Our children love to watch Numberblocks - we use the videos and visuals to support and develop our mathematical understanding.

Follow this link and enjoy the videos and activities at home with your child;

Parent notices

Please send your child in to school each day with a waterproof coat.

Please practise self-help skills at home such as putting own coat on and fastening independently.

Ensure all clothing is name labelled.

Water bottles to be brought to school each day and refilled at home.

Children to come to school every Wednesday dressed in their PE kit (white t-shirt, navy/black shorts or jogging bottoms with school jumper on).

Book bags to be brought in once a week on your child’s reading day.

Please bring a pair of wellies into school so that we can use them when we play outside in wet and muddy weather conditions.